Gayatri Agnew

Director of Career Opportunity

Gayatri serves as the Director of Career Opportunity for the Walmart Foundation. She manages the strategy and grant making for the opportunity portfolio including Walmart Foundation’s investments in global workforce development and retail training, veteran’s programs and small business support. She is the former Director for the Wadhwani Foundation‘s US Office; a private family foundation based in silicon valley dedicated to leveraging technology for global economic acceleration. There she helped lead an initiative to integrate new and innovative technology inato the delivery of vocational education programs through US Community Colleges. She worked in the Office of the Adviser to the Prime Minister of India for National Skills Development while serving as a fellow with the American India Foundation. In this role she helped India build capacity in vocational and technical training. Her work focused on building pathways in India’s higher education system, similar to the model of Community Colleges in the US.

She is a former Program Officer for The College Success Foundation, where she supported scholars on their career journey. She is the former Interim Executive Director for The Office of Career Services at Seattle University. There she served as career coach and advisor and was responsible for managing the university’s employer outreach program.

Prior to coming to work at Seattle University she served as Executive Director of City Year Seattle, and as special assistant for boards and commissions in the Office of Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire.

She served as a member of the Seattle Community College Board of Trustees. She is the former Co-Chair of the YWCA’s Gen-Rising Committee, committed to engaging more young people in the critical work of the YWCA. Her additional experience includes work as a trainer for the National Democratic Institute in Amman, Jordan, preparing women to run for elective office.

She attended Foothill-De Anza Community College in California before transferring to Seattle University where she completed her bachelor’s degree in political science and her MBA with a focus in management. She currently lives in Bentonville, AR with her husband Ryan and their son Rohan.


October 3, 2016
I Am Retail Opening Reception
Reunion Ballroom EG
5:00 p.m.  -  7:00 p.m.
October 5, 2016
The Shift: From Innovative Chaos to Personalization
Reunion Ballroom
9:10 a.m.  -  10:00 a.m.